Message preached on January 18th, 2015, by Pastor Aaron Brockmeier.

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Sanctity of Life Sunday


Sunday, January 18th, was Sanctity of Life Sunday.1 in 5 end in abortion

I did not enjoy preparing for the message I preached. My dislike of this did not come from fear, for I find my courage to speak on difficult issues from the assurance that the Lord is on my side; therefore, I will not fear (Psalm 118:6). My discomfort about the message came from seeing up-close the pain and death that abortion brings and it being prevalent, accepted, and even celebrated in this nation that I love. However, Christians are called to expose the works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) even when “turning on the light” reveals horrors that cause us to cringe and grieve. So I prepared and preached.

In my message, I shared that abortion is first of all a worldview problem. A worldview is how one views and then interprets the world. The Bible provides us with the only accurate way to understand this world in which we live. Science and observation can reinforce this, but the Bible should be our primary lens to perceive reality.

God’s Word teaches us that every person is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). For that reason alone, human life is precious. Every person, no matter his age or her race has inherent value and dignity. Every life is a precious gift – no one is a mistake, accident, or consequence. Because of this, life is to be nourished and protected.

Why do we feed a baby? She is provided for not because of anything she has done or will do but because she is fearfully and wonderfully made by God in His image! Any view of a person that lessons his or her value because of age, race, chromosome count, or accomplishments contradicts the worldview of God’s Word. It is that simple.

Many will agree with this and yet will still support abortion or the “pro-choice” position. How can they do that? It’s another worldview problem. They view a baby in the womb as somehow not (or less than) human. They justify death by saying that the life taken by abortion was not really a person. A biblical view is that life begins at conception. One of many places that the Scripture teaches that truth is in the book of Luke when we read that John leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:44)!

I’m thankful for the scientific advances that continue to reinforce this biblical truth. For instance, we know now that from conception on, a baby has its very own and unique DNA. We can also look at the breathtaking pictures of a child in the womb and see so clearly how even at an early stage of development the child is observably a child! This should silence almost all abortion arguments. Not one reading this could justify killing a toddler because of the nature of his conception or his present ability. Although recognizing that there are development differences, an accurate worldview equates a baby in the womb with a person. Or as Dr. Suess put it “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” All human beings have rights.

Bonhoeffer QuoteIn the second part of my message, I shared that abortion is also a heart issue. God places special value upon those who cannot provide life-needed resources for themselves – the alien, the disabled, the widow, the orphan, the poor, the child. And God calls his people to care for them. The famous parable that Jesus told of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) emphasizes that we are to be like the Samaritan and “do likewise” by showing compassion to the one who needs help, even if it is a costly inconvenience for us. This parable alone should remove the “pro-choice” position from a Christian’s vocabulary. We cannot say, “just let people make their own choice on this” when that decision leads to the death of a person. Christians have been saved from God’s wrath and hell by faith in Jesus. Those have experienced the compassionate love of Jesus are to demonstrate that in their own lives, rescuing those who are perishing even if it is costly.

Abortion is a horrific truth. Let us grieve that it exists and speak and act to change worldviews and hearts.

May God give us all compassion and courage,

Pastor Aaron

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